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Mackie Big Knob Desktop Studio Monitor System

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  • Perfect for computer-based studios
  • High-end esoteric studio sound quality
  • Phono preamp for turntable connection
  • Switch between 3 sets of studio monitors
  • Tabletop level control / monitor switcher
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Product Description

Product Description

Mackie?s Big Knob lets you easily switch between studio monitors, stereo sources, and even send musicians their own custom headphone mixes, all from your desktop.

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You asked for it. Your band asked for it. Your clients asked for it. Your mom practically asked for it. Since the dawn of computer-based music making, folks have longed for a simple monitor switching and level control box with built-in Talkback functions. You know, something that sits right on your desktop, letting you easily switch between sets of studio monitors and different stereo sources. And send musicians custom headphone mixes while you communicate with them via a built-in Talkback microphone. Your wish is our command...

Introducing The Big Knob
The Big Knob is a simple yet powerful desktop audio control center that lets musicians and engineers get right to the business of making music in four major ways: Level Control, Studio Monitor Selection, Input Source Selection and Talkback & Headphone Control.

Precise Level Control
Using a big, convenient volume knob, Big Knob lets you adjust volume levels the way our ancient audio ancestors (Analogus Engineerus) did - with a simple, intuitive knob, not with a mouse and screen. The end result is a higher degree of precision and much quicker level adjustments.

Monitor Selection
When it comes to mixing, pros know it’s best to get a second, and third, opinion. So Big Knob lets you quickly switch between 3 pairs of studio monitors, or 2 studio monitors and a subwoofer, or studio monitors and a home stereo, or any other combination of powered speakers.

Source Selection
On the input side, Big Knob lets you connect up to 4 stereo input sources at once. This means you can simultaneously connect to your computer/DAW outputs, CD player, cassette deck and even a turntable using the premium onboard RIAA preamp. You can even connect keyboards, guitars, drum machines, samplers - anything you’d like to hear - through your monitors. This makes Big Knob great for comparing your mixes-in-progress to your favorite CDs, for archiving your old LPs, jamming along to your favorite tune, and lots more.

Talkback Section & Headphone Control
With its built-in Talkback mic and spring-loaded activation switches, Big Knob lets you quickly communicate with musicians in both the studio and tracking room - no more hand signals through the glass! Big Knob also sports two high-powered headphone outputs with a discrete headphone mix bus, solving the communications needs of most computer-based studios.

All the Right Connections
Although its shiny silver knob is a head-turning feature, Big Knob's rear panel is equally impressive. There you’ll find three distinct Monitor outputs with individual level control; 2-Track A and 2-Track B stereo outputs with level selection switches; a DAW stereo output for your computer; a Studio output with level control; a Phones Mix input with level selection switch; 2-Track A and 2-Track B Stereo Source inputs with level control; a DAW Mix input from your computer with level control; and even a Phono input with level control for direct connection to your turntable.

Sound Quality
Because Big Knob plays a crucial link between recording output(s) and studio monitors, we placed the utmost importance on pristine, no-compromise sound quality. For this reason, Big Knob features ultra low-noise op amps, extremely low-tolerance components and state-of-the-art surface mount technology. All of this ensures superb sound in critical listening environments and long-term reliability - even under daily, and nightly, studio use.

Features

  • Tabletop level control / monitor switcher / source selector & talkback box
  • Big, convenient volume knob for precise level adjustments
  • Switch amongst 3 sets of studio monitors
  • Built-in Talkback microphone for easy communication with musicians
  • Monitor 4 independent Stereo inputs including one for your
  • Dual Headphone outputs with independent volume controls and headphone mix bus
  • Phono preamp for direct turntable connection
  • High-end studio sound quality and robust construction
  • Perfect for computer-based studios
  • Humorous product name ensures years of off-color studio humor


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 3.2 x 13.5 inches ; 8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0006GPYDQ
  • Item model number: Big Knob
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,844 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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The two channel headphone amps/outputs are very welcome.
Phillip G.
I love the tactile controls instead of fiddling around with twisting virtual knobs or panicking when I can't find the volume on a track.
Dana L Whittle
Very well made, this thing is constructed like a tank and built to last.
Peter Birchenough

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Birchenough on March 27, 2010
I have a home studio and have used the Big Knob for about 2 years now. This is exactly what I was missing in my chain. Very well made, this thing is constructed like a tank and built to last. I can easily switch between my monitors and headphones with the push of one button and you always know where the volume knobs is. The Big Knob can also make things easier if you are using multiple inputs. My computer is hooked up to one input, my guitar to another and electric keyboard to another....and all with a push of a button or two I can easily select which combination I want to hear. Each input has a gain level knob associated with it. Two headphone jacks are included with individual volumes for each. I have not seen anything on the market that quite compares. Presonus has a similar unit, but it does not appear to be made nearly as well or useful despite it's glowing buttons. You can't go wrong with this at all. I bought mine off an auction site, so shop around for a good deal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Turner on July 1, 2013
Mackie Big Knob Desktop Studio Monitor System]]I've read many reviews comparing the Big Knob to the Presonus Central Station. I can speak first hand to this. I've had a CS for 4 or 5 years. It's the main audio out for my studio. It went out over a month ago, no audio. Talked to Presonus tech support several times. They thought it was the power supply. They don't make them anymore for this first model CS. They said I was in great luck because they found the last used one in their shop and sent it to me free. 2 weeks pass with only one set of monitors plugged into my workstation instead of 3 I normally run for comparison. I get the thing and it turns out the power supply is not the problem. I have to return the CS to Presonus. 1 week shipping, 1 week repair, 1 week return. $50 shipping ground, $85 standard repair fee. Too long to work without a monitor controller, so I bought the Big Knob. It sounded very good at first connection. Finally got the CS back after about 5 weeks. Replaced the Mackie with the Big Knob. Here's what I heard.

The BK is very dynamic and offers more gain than the CS. It sounds good. But the CS is noticeably more transparent probably due to passive electronics. Quite noticeable on a well recorded acoustic piano for example. If you were just doing rock or hiphop, you might even prefer the BK. It has perhaps more umph. For clearity, the CS wins. Im keeping the BK because I can feed it audio from the CS line out to control a subwoofer, something I couldn't do with the CS alone while feeding 3 monitor sets at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip G. on January 20, 2014
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I added the Big Knob to my small home-based studio. This was perfect for my multi-use, PC-based setup. While I have a TEAC TM-D1000 16 channel mixer for input duties, I was lacking in a simple method to switch between two different monitoring sets (Mackie HR824 mkII and a small set of bookshelf speakers to hear what mixes would sound played over a typical small home stereo) and different audio sources. The Big Knob allowed me to consolidate the "output" side of my workstation and have up-front, easy-to-reach controls for volume, signal routing and level indications. The two channel headphone amps/outputs are very welcome. The unbalanced signal paths and low-noise internal amplifiers keep the signal clean and true, adding no noisy artifacts or frequency response aberrations. Every input and output have level controls for normalizing signal levels. With the gain wide open and no signal, the internal preamps are dead silent. The Big Knob includes a phono input with built-in RIAA equalization and amplification for MM phono cartridges. There is a set up shorting plugs for the phono preamp input to use when this feature is not used; when the phono input is selected with nothing connected to it, the phono pre will produce a significant amount of white noise, this goes away when the turntable or the shorting plugs are connected.

The system is very solidly constructed, just like all Mackie products of this type. There is sufficient weight to ensure the thing will not slide around on the table, and won't get tugged about even with a full load of cables connected to the myriad rear panel jacks. The unit is supplied with two line cords, for USA and EU installations, and these cords are very generous in length.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Abdoh on October 15, 2007
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This is my first purchase from Mackie and I'm very happy with it. This thing is the stuff.... I have a computer based home studio and the big knob was the missing chain. I can switch between my studio monitors, my home sound system and my desktop speakers. and also using my monitor headphone at the same time. thats exactly what I wanted so you can listen to your mix from different sources.

The build quality is superb and it looks really nice in my studio. All the knobs and buttons seems heavy duty and long lasting.

About the performance, its outstanding. The big knob will give you exactly the same sound you get when you connect your studio monitors directly to your sound card, a clear flat sound without any noise or humm. I used the behringer minimon before the big knob, the sound was horrible although I'm using monster cables. its true when they say ( you get what you pay for ). Now I know why the Mackie stuff are expensive. beacuse its worth it.
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